Horticultural Resource Management Online Course

Horticultural Resource Management Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

Home Study Horticulture Resource Management.

This broad ranging course provides a sound introduction to management in horticulture. Skilled horticulture managers are in demand to develop strategies for enterprises in the horticulture industry. Gain skills to work in both private and public business enterprises.Developed specifically to develop horticulture business skills and resource management skills to ensure a successful horticultural business Learn from knowledgeable industry experts.

Course Aims:

  • Compare the organisational structure of different horticultural enterprises.
  • Determine the value of a business plan to a specific horticultural business.
  • Determine the significance of consumer law to a specified horticultural business.
  • Determine the duties of different supervisors, in a specific horticultural enterprise.
  • Describe how a budget is applied to managing a specific horticultural enterprise.
  • Determine the criteria for selecting staff to work in an horticultural enterprise.
  • Explain the system for controlling the collection of royalties on a plant which is covered by plant variety rights.
  • Monitor and recommend improvements to a specified work task in a horticultural enterprise.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 10 Lessons in this course:

    Horticultural Business Structures

    • The Legal Structure of a Business
    • Points to Watch
    • Business Names
    • Marketing Guide

    Management Theories and Procedures

    • Role of Management
    • Planning

    Horticulture and The Law

    • Quality Management Systems
    • Legislation of Small Businesses
    • The Law and Business
    • Protection of Consumers
    • Stamp Duty


    • Managing Staff
    • Interviewing, Recruitment, Staff Induction
    • Interviewing Prospective Staff
    • The Induction Process
    • Staff Training
    • Visual Aid Resources for Induction and Training
    • Job Descriptions

    Financial Management

    • Role of the Supervisor
    • Communication with Employees
    • Communication Barriers
    • Improving Leadership Skills

    Staff Management

    • Financial Management
    • Budget
    • Taxation
    • Billing
    • Financial Assistance
    • Costing Jobs in the Landscape Industry
    • Summary of Market for Landscape Services
    • The Cost of Employing Labour
    • Two Ways to Being in Business
    • Starting Compared to Buying (a Business)

    Improving Plant Varieties

    • Where Cultivars come from
    • Plant Variety Rights
    • Owning Plant Names
    • Genetics and Plant Breeding

    Productivity and Risk

    • Improving Productivity
    • Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • Planning Time
    • Sensitivity Analysis
    • Insuring the Business

    Managing Physical Resources

    • Using Flow Charts to Improve Productivity
    • Record Keeping

    Developing an Horticultural Business Plan

    • Managing your Growth
    • Example of a Business Plan for a Nursery
    • Marketing Guide for Gardening and Landscaping Businesses

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.